Appreciating Spontaneity and Effort

I love it when things spontaneously come together. It serves as a wink from the Universe, a validation from the bigger picture, a reminder to stay the course. The other thing I love about spontaneous things is that usually they happen without effort. I appreciate spontaneity for the lightness, the fun, and the joy is fosters in my life. 

I also pay attention to the energy of effort in my life. Not the effort that arises when you sit down to read and your youngster asks for a snack after you spent the last hour cleaning the kitchen effort and not the showing up effort it takes to complete a project at work. 

The effort I speak of is that of things feeling challenging to align with or make happen, the opposite of things spontaneously coming together. The more I notice effort in my life AND then pause when that feeling surfaces, the more I am able to shift my perspective and my reaction, setting me up to avoid the effort. 

For example:  a couple of weeks ago I needed to help a friend organize some things. My initial reaction, to do as much as I could to help, immediately created a shift in my energy level. I felt tired, a bit stressed, and even anxious. Translation:  I had moved in to effort. To organize and be the sole provider of help put me in effort. Upon noticing this shift in my energy level, I paused, re-centered (using my AMP tools, of course) and approached the situation differently. I reached out for extra help and the organization of the entire situation took on a whole new look. The result:  ease and joy, non-effort. 

I appreciate spontaneity for the lightness, the fun, and the joy is fosters. Likewise, I appreciate effort as it reminds me to pause, re-center, and re-ground. Spontaneity reminds me to be present and not so programmed. Effort creates space for me to observe my reaction and shift that to an often softer, gentler, response.  Together, the two energies create a kind of checks and balances system in my life. 

How do they work in your life? 

As we do. 

Elizabeth GuilbeaultComment